This week I met an amazing business woman. She’s had so many interesting experiences that we must have sat and talked for an hour and we could have gone on but there were other demands on our time.
To people in the academic, legal and book-selling worlds, the names Book Source and Beverley Smith-Hinkson will be familiar. While I was familiar with the names, I did not recognise and appreciate the scope of Book Source.
First of all Book Source has been around for over 23 years. That alone tells me that they are doing something right. The business runs bookshops at UWI and BCC and also provides books for libraries, book stores, the legal fraternity and other professional organisations.
I was also happy to see that Beverley’s daughter had joined the business and is responsible for promotion and events, particularly using the social media. I find that rarely do children join the family business and succession planning is often not considered by many business people.
What I find particularly appealing (as a bookworm) is the fact that they also accept orders from individuals and will bring in just one book in as little as three to five business days. You can either call on visit their online store www.booksourceonline.com.
The reason I was at Book Source’s offices and showroom (which by the way is beautifully decorated with antique style chairs and a large and imposing bookcase) in the first place is the Author’s Lounge at Girlfriends Expo 2013. The Author’s Lounge is the largest booth at Girlfriends Expo and will be furnished with books by local and international authors. I’m delighted to have been included as one of the local authors to be featured in the Author’s Lounge, along with international authors Eric Jerome Dickey and Charles Archer.
All of us are scheduled to be in the lounge over the two days where we will be able to chat with visitors about our books and sign purchased copies. Eric Jerome Dickey is scheduled to be in the lounge from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and Charles Archer will be in the lounge from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Apart from Girlfriends Expo you can find Book Source at a number of other events, such as BMEX, Animekon, and Caribbean Food & Beverage Expo, always promoting authors and their books. One of the events they participate in is Citrus Book & Poetry Night which is usually held monthly at Limegrove lifestyle centre.
This Monday they will be featuring Eric Jerome Dickey who will read excerpts from his books and sign copies for attendees. I’m told that we can also look forward to some exciting authors and books to be featured for the rest of the year.
So this week I’ve discovered another amazing resource that we have in Barbados; the Book Source. I also appreciate the wealth of business knowledge and experience that its founder has and more importantly, she is willing to share.
As I’ve written before, I’m a believer in sharing knowledge, knowing that as we share what we have won’t be depleted and we will increase the number of people who have that knowledge which, in my opinion, can only benefit all of us.
So come out to Girlfriends Expo and support not only the international authors and international authors but also the entrepreneurs and businesses that will be featuring their products and services. I’m sure you’ll be surprised at what we have to offer right here in Barbados. Hope to see you there.
* Donna Every is a Chartered Accountant and an MBA who worked with Ernst & Young for ten years before starting her own business advisory practice, Arise Consulting Inc. She has written four books including What Do You Have in Your House?, Surviving in Times of Financial Crisis and the newly released novel The Merger Mogul.